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8/13/15 12:53 P

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emoticon Zanna!! I too have a hard time taking time for myself but have found that walking my female chocolate lab at least twice a day uses up a lot of stress. My frustration is loving to read and seldom taking time to do it so end upm reading in bed sometimes til the wee hours.
You have your hands full with unpacking etc.I think taking it one step at a time may give you less stress. Also one day at a time. That is one of the teams I joined trying to slow myself down and enjoy relaxing time.
I too have joined the teams I am interested in but I fall by the way side trying to post too much every time. I a Spark friend who leads several teams and I see her posts are always there but are short so she does post to all teams and adds more if needed.
Prariecrocus has continued to keep this team going. I have always said with all the stress in this world these days this team should be very busy.
And I need to quit blabbing and get on with things now I have cooled down from our walk. Hopefully I can get going earlier tomorrow. emoticon Georgine

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8/13/15 12:14 A

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Thank you, Kathleen.

I'm not sure what you mean by taking 20 minutes for "this." Do you mean sparks, this specific team, or for stress reduction? I already spend time pretty much every day on sparks. I'm not sure what the best way to interact with this team is--is there still a "chat" thread where we talk about what we are struggling with in our lives, for example? I see lots of places to talk about positive things (things we are grateful for, etc.). I need to prioritize what threads I follow because of time constraints, so following 15 different conversations every day isn't going to happen, and yet my normal way of interacting with teams is to follow/subscribe to a thread and then click on the email notifications.

I used to be active on a lot of spark teams, but had to cut way back on my internet time when I was working 15+ hours a day on grad school. I still touched base with sparks, but much more limited manner, and many teams fell by the way side because they wanted more time investment than I could afford. I have a little more time now, but not a ton. So I need to focus my energy where it makes the most effect.

I am sure I can learn a lot from this team--I certainly did back when I was more active. But it's a lot bigger now, LOL, and I'm not sure how to navigate the team any more.

Zanna (or Zannachan), from Michigan
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8/12/15 4:14 P

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Welcome back Zannachan emoticon
Nice posting. As I read it what stood out is that you make time for several important areas of your life. Add 20 min or so for this too. emoticon

Build your friends list, check in with them periodically, post in our team forum, see how many spark points you can get a day.

You will b sure to pick up tips along the way, support, motivation, etc.

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8/12/15 3:48 P

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It's been a long time since I was last active on this team (grad school and then moving and buying a house ate my life and energy and everything along with it).

I had hoped that once I graduated my stress levels would back off, but then my husband accepted a new job (pretty much the same day I walked) which resulted in 3 moves in 6 months, finally buying a house...which we had to renovate before we can really live there. Now that's almost done, but we still have a lot of work to do before I feel like I can really feel at home here.

So yeah, still stressed.

I just got back from vacation, which was lovely--the most relaxing vacation I have had in a long time. Not quite as relaxing as the cruise I went on 5 years ago, but close to it. But this vacation did remind me of a lesson I keep forgetting. I suck at relaxing. I seem to have forgotten how.

I take time out for myself, regularly--made an explicit point of it, in fact, for the last 2 or 3 years especially. I meditate, I read, I make things, I spend time with friends, I vent when I need to vent, I'm active, I try to get enough sleep. All the things I have read that are supposed to help me deal with stress better, despite peer pressure from friends and family who felt I needed to "concentrate more on finishing my dissertation." But that doesn't mean that I relax, and while my stress levels are marginally better since I graduated, I still struggle every day with overly high stress levels. I don't know how to physically let go of the tension. And if something needs to be done--even if it doesn't need to be done right this minute--I struggle with not jumping up and taking care of it. It's like I don't know how to relax unless there is nothing that needs to be done, and when is that ever the case? And if I struggle with that at a camping vacation where I have few responsibilities, how am I going to cope now that I'm home and my house is full of boxes that need to be unpacked, furniture that has to be moved, trim that has to be painted, decisions to make on the counters and back splashes (for a tea bar area, not a kitchen), rooms that need to be cleaned, clothes that need to be unpacked, washed, and put away, etc.?

So I'm back. I'm not entirely sure how best to get involved with this team since at a quick glance it looks pretty changed since I was involved last time, but I'm here.

Zanna (or Zannachan), from Michigan
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